This page captures our team, coach and parent favs for runners. Enjoy. Watch, Look (Read) and Listen!  And submit, lest we not have any…

Inspiring Magazine Stories for Runners

The Story of Bobbi Gibb – First Female Winner of the Boston Marathon – She snuck in wearing guys clothes and a brand new pair of gym shoes she hadn’t broken in… Defiance: THE WOMAN WHO CRASHED THE 1966 BOSTON MARATHON HADN’T HEARD THAT FEMALES WERE INCAPABLE OF GOING THE DISTANCE  Here’s the story as reported by Sports Illustrated in May 1966: A Game Girl In A Man’s Game: Boston was unprepared for the shapely blonde housewife who came out of the bushes to crush male egos and steal the show from the Japanese

Book Favorites for Runners

Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption: See Home page blurb – Link Background info and future movie trailer.

USC Trojan reports that USC Track & Field draws on Zamperini for inspiration.

Harriers: The Making of a Championship Cross Country Team:   A fresh perspective enlivens this classic story about a losing team with an energetic new coach. Written by two Ohio teenagers about their high school’s cross-country team, this account offers engaging portraits of the kids and their coach, passes on lessons of hard work and sacrifice, and follows the ascent of the Salem Quakers cross-country team to a first-place ranking in their conference and third place at the 2003 state championships. Along the way the teenagers learn the unromantic truth about the athletic association that regulates their high school sport—legal wrangling and uproar ensue when officials find scoring errors in a postseason meet. As they develop their talents and teamwork, the teens also learn valuable lessons about sports rules, bureaucracy, and true success. ~ Amazon Review

Running With the Buffaloes: A Season Inside With Mark Wetmore, Adam Goucher, and the University of Colorado Men’s Cross-Country Team:  In RUNNING WITH THE BUFFALOES, writer Chris Lear follows the University of Colorado cross-country team through an unforgettable NCAA season. Allowed unparalleled access to team practices, private moments, and the mind of Mark Wetmore–one of the country’s most renowned and controversial coaches–Lear provides a riveting look inside the triumphs and heartaches of a perennial national contender and the men who will stop at nothing to achieve excellence. The Buffaloes’ 1998 season held great promise, with Olympic hopeful Adam Goucher poised for his first-ever NCAA cross-country title, and the University of Colorado shooting for its first-ever national team title. But in the rigorous world of top-level collegiate sports, blind misfortune can sabotage the dreams of individuals and teams alike. In a season plagued by injury and the tragic loss of a teammate, the Buffaloes were tested as never before. What these men managed to achieve in the face of such adversity is the stuff of legend and glory. ~ Amazon Review

The Perfect Mile: Three Athletes, One Goal, And Less Than Four Minutes To Achieve It: There was a time when running the mile in four minutes was believed to be beyond the limits of human foot speed, and in all of sport it was the elusive holy grail. In 1952, after suffering defeat at the Helsinki Olympics, three world-class runners each set out to break this barrier. Roger Bannister was a young English medical student who epitomized the ideal of the amateur — still driven not just by winning but by the nobility of the pursuit. John Landy was the privileged son of a genteel Australian family, who as a boy preferred butterfly collecting to running but who trained relentlessly in an almost spiritual attempt to shape his body to this singular task. Then there was Wes Santee, the swaggering American, a Kansas farm boy and natural athlete who believed he was just plain better than everybody else. Spanning three continents and defying the odds, their collective quest captivated the world and stole headlines from the Korean War, the atomic race, and such legendary figures as Edmund Hillary, Willie Mays, Native Dancer, and Ben Hogan. In the tradition of Seabiscuit and Chariots of Fire, Neal Bascomb delivers a breathtaking story of unlikely heroes and leaves us with a lasting portrait of the twilight years of the golden age of sport. ~ Amazon Review

Juggernauts: The Making of a Runner & a Team in the First American Running Boom.  Destined to be a cult classic. As the first running boom was sprouting in the early 1970’s, a group of Kentucky teenagers were brought together by a young coach who was ahead of his time. Cross country was regarded as a sport for the slightly odd and unathletic, a means of “getting an easy varsity letter.” Among this group of runners was a particularly odd (though strangely athletic) teenager who was taken in by the joy of running over the grass, hills, and mud of cross country courses. The coach and seasonally growing team rose to dominance of Kentucky cross country in the span of four short years. Along the way, they “learned the lessons every runner has to learn, mostly the hard way, many of them twice.” From humble backgrounds and with guidance from a ground breaking coach, the Lloyd Memorial High School Juggernauts led the way for high schools in Northern Kentucky to win State Championships for over thirty consecutive years. This is that story. ~ Amazon Review

Coach T’s book: Developing a Successful Cross Country Program – The Complete Guide from A to Z

Movie Favorites for Runners

Needing motivation, check these top picks out from                                                      or these from                               or these from             ,            or these from SportsInMovies:                                                              None of these apparently wants to “See Forest Run”, at least not in their top picks. What about yours? Oh, found Forest Gump, finally, on this list:

By the way, looking for a family movie night, check out “Saint Ralph” – available at the Lewisville Public Library.

Music Favorites for Runners

There’s of course a mix out there for you – but no running plugged in, please. Check out Runner’s World favorite playlists at,7122,s6-240-466-0-0,00.html and About.Com’s Marathon Runner favorites at:

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